Be Alert, Be Aware & Be Involved
As residents of the City of North Salt Lake, there are a number of things you can and should do to better protect your home, neighborhood and city. As residents of our city, we are the eyes and ears of the Police Department.
Helpful Steps to Keep Your Neighborhood Safe
Join with us in making our city a safer place to live, work, and raise our families by taking the following steps around your home to eliminate crimes of opportunity:
- Get to know your neighbors. At a minimum, be familiar with and know those who live close by and watch out for each other.
- Keep outside lights on all night. Energy efficient light bulbs can be purchased at the hardware or grocery store and allow you to keep your lights on all night without a noticeable increase in cost.
- Keep garage doors and other exterior doors closed when not in use. Let you neighbors know when their garage door is left open - even in the middle of the night.
- Watch for suspicious people, cars, or activity in your neighborhood. You know your neighborhood best. If something or someone is out of place, or you see any suspicious activity, contact the police. Do not wait to determine if a crime has been committed - let the police make that determination. If it is suspicious, but if it is not an emergency, you can call Police dispatch at 801-298-6000, but always dial 9-1-1 for any emergency.
- If out of the house for an extended period of time, create the illusion that someone may still be home. Leave a television or stereo on in the room where a burglar would most likely break in. Use exterior lighting and motion detectors to minimize burglar concealment.
- Make sure all exterior doors have good locks. Install 1-inch deadbolt locks on all exterior doors.
- Ask who it is before you open the door. If you get an unexpected knock at the door, check to see who it is before opening it.
- Do not leave extra keys under doormats, potted plants, or any other obvious outdoor location. Thieves will generally find them. Find an inconspicuous place to hide keys, or give a set to a neighbor you trust.
- Fortify your patio doors. Burglar-proof your glass patio doors by setting a pipe or metal bar in the middle bottom track of the door slide. The pipe should be the same length as the track.
- Know what you own. Take and maintain an inventory of items in your home, with serial numbers.
- Don't advertise the items in your home. Keep drapes and blinds shut - especially in rooms where there is expensive equipment.
- Keep a safety deposit box. Store cash, jewelry and other valuables in a safe or safety deposit box instead of leaving them lying around the home.
- Don't leave notes on the door for service people or family members. These alert burglars that you are not home.
- If you're going to be away from home for a few days, adjust your telephone ring to its lowest volume setting. An unanswered phone may tip off a burglar that no one is home. Also, have a neighbor or friend collect your newspaper and mail. Never cancel delivery - you don't know who will get that information.